Windows 8 and Adobe–What is new?

Adobe systems are closely working in conjunction with Microsoft to release new apps and functionalities in Windows 8. In this article, we will closely examine what Adobe has in store for their users.

No Flash

There has been a speculation among developers that Adobe Flash plugin will not be included in Internet Explorer 10. The touch-oriented version of Internet Explorer will offer a flash-free browsing experience.

If you do not plan to use touch screen interface, flash will be available to you. HTML 5 will be the sole driving technology responsible for online video streaming and other functions.

Microsoft believes that the web needs to be plugin free to facilitate HTML 5 based application development and provide seamless end user experience. The initiative has already been undertaken by sites like YouTube where you can view videos without requiring a flash plugin.

  • Internet Explorer 10 will be available as a Metro app and a desktop app.
  • The Metro style app will not support external plugins such as Flash; instead, it relies completely on HTML 5.
  • The desktop app will be similar to current versions of Internet Explorer. The idea behind this change is that Internet Explorer’s performance and speed will improve.

New tools by Adobe

Figure 1 Adobe Photoshop touch-based

Figure 1 Adobe Photoshop touch-based

Adobe is planning to release touch-based apps for Windows 8 tablet that will embrace the cloud-computing paradigm adopted by Windows 8.

These tools are included in Adobe creative suite that includes image editing, idea-creation, sketching, mood boards, website and mobile application prototyping and presentation. Photoshop is expected to be touch sensitive application.

Adobe Apps

You can combine images on a board to generate a collage using Adobe Collage. Drawings can be created using Ideas.

Color themes can be generated using Kuler. Websites can be prototyped using wire frames in Proto. The apps are available at 9.99$ that includes access to Adobe cloud.

All the applications are designed by Adobe Creative Cloud and include support for a stylus since tablet designers believe that interaction using stylus become the emerging trend in upcoming tablets.

The Creative cloud will offer a space of 20 GB to each user to share, view files and store them.

The cloud will enable users to use fonts belonging to Typekit technology, create and design websites using Business Catalyst, publish documents on tablets using Adobe Publishing Technologies.

Adobe understands Microsoft’s trends in Windows 8 development and has ensured that they follow suit by developing touch sensitive applications.

They are still determining finger interaction and whether the touch controls on the screen should be large or whether the user should have the ability to use the controls using stylus.

Tablets using adobe software have extensive access to content authoring tools more than ever before and the cloud environment offered by Adobe enables users to perform collaborative tasks such as several members of a team designing the prototype of a web application from different geographical locations simultaneously.

Let us see how the consumer perceives Adobe’s effort when Windows 8 is released.

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  1. Now if Apple had explained it this way, maybe they would not have suffered such backlash. A plugin free internet makes complete sense. Beyond tablets, I think even the future for PC should be this way as well. Microsofts working with Adobe is a clear sign that unlike Apple that is maybe just grabbing a current market they realize, MS is looking towards the future. A very good sign for Microsoft.

  2. Its ok if these little tablets can’t handle flash but don’t take it off my PC!

    Althought HTML5 is a new and growing fad I’m not so sure about leaving out flash. At least convert flash to a less memory hogging system instead of trying to do away with it.

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